This week we welcome Lena Nelson Dooley to Author Memories.
A "Gift of the Magi" Christmas
by Lena Nelson Dooley
Early in our marriage, James and I had a similar, but different, Christmas event. We had two preschoolers, and money was tight.
Before we married, my husband had built several things in woodworking class. We had an end table/bookcase in our home that he had made. The workmanship was awesome.
So that year, I decided Christmas was going to be special for the man I loved. The best husband and father I knew. For about six months, I saved every penny I could from the grocery money and hid it away. A friend of ours worked in the power tool department of Sears. He helped me purchase James a saber saw at a price I could afford. I wrapped it and hid it away.
Then on Christmas Eve, after our children had opened all their packages and were either playing with them or the boxes they arrived in, I pulled out the package. I returned to the den to discover my sweetheart holding a rather large package for me. He had saved every penny he could for an equal amount of time.
While I was in college, I put together a collection of LP record albums. (For those of you who are too young to understand, they were how the music came before CDs.) Without any way to play them, they were taking up space.
James thrust the package toward me. I opened it while he watched every move, waiting for my reaction to the HiFi set he'd purchased for me. Then he opened my present to him, and I couldn’t take my eyes off him, waiting for the moment when he would realize what I’d done. Each of us received a double blessing that year—a wonderful and useful present as well as the satisfaction of being able to bless our spouses.
We spent many an hour listening to music on that HiFi, complete with AM/FM radio, twin speakers, and a turntable. And on Christmas day, James used the saber saw and his hand tools to build our daughters a shelf unit where they could store their toys.
Sometimes, the best gifts are the ones you receive. Other times, they are the ones you give. That year the gifts were both of those things.
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